Saizeriya Italian Restaurant

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Cheap, quick, no frills.
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
2.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
3.0
Saizeriya is well known to be the go to place for students on a budget, and a quick look at the menu makes it apparent why this is so. In addition to the fact that all the items on the menu are nett (no hidden GST or Service Charge), the nett prices are also ridiculously cheap. One could, for instance, get a chicken spaghetti at only $3.90 in a full restaurant setting.

Having said that, their food is nothing to fuss over. I got their squid ink pasta which was a mere $5.90 - a perfectly reasonable price. In fact, I can hardly think of any other place that serves squid ink pasta at the same price. A word of caution though - their squid ink pasta/sauce turns everything it touches black, much like some odd object of doom. Only five minutes into the meal did I realise that my entire mouth (AND teeth) had become black. NOT recommended date food, in other words.

Overall, a cheap place that serves up edible fare. Great for people on a budget, but if your'e in the mood to indulge this is certainly not the place. They don't charge you service charge for a reason.

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Average Spent Per Person:
6
Best Part:
NETT
Branch Location:
Eastpoint
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Great price for average food
(Updated: June 18, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
2.5
Ambience 
 
2.0
Service 
 
2.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
3.0
I guess this is where the adage "you get what you pay for" fits to a T. At its crazy affordable prices, Saizeriya's food is pretty average and nothing to shout about.

We had the Octopus carpaccio - not recommended unless you enjoy a good jaw workout. These thin slices of octopus are quite something. They managed to be tasteless, tough and resistant to chewing all at once. The pesto sauce was the only flavour but even that tasted nothing much like the pesto sauces I've tried.

The pastas fared slightly better. I had the Asari Soup Spaghetti which was served in a generous portion with soup broth and Asari clams. I appreciate that the clams were generously scattered all over my pasta and that my pasta was sufficiently al dente despite sitting in soup broth for a while. It makes for a wallet-friendly and filling meal - but not anything memorable, really. At the price of $5.90, sure, I'm up for it again and I may be back.

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Affordable but mediocre
(Updated: May 12, 2014)
Overall Score 
 
2.5
I've heard many good reviews about Saizeriya and many raves about how affordable and amazing their food is. Well it definitely is affordable for Italian food, but that's it. I don't really see how people can love the Italian food here.

It really is pretty much mediocre, and to be honest it's more like a fast food chain to me. The ingredients aren't fresh. In fact, they're probably pre-prepared, and then heated up when you place your order. That's just it - the food is not fancy and not exactly bad, but I guess you get what you pay for.

That said, Saizeriya may be a great option to dine in for families because of the casual and relaxed ambience. Assistance also comes simply by pressing a button at your table, and there are free-flow drinks for an extra $1.50 (on weekdays).

It's great for gatherings, but not for authentic, good Italian food.
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Cheap escargot fix
Overall Score 
 
3.0
By now, I guess this place would be well-known for its cheap escargots ($5.90!!!). Besides serving it's famed baked escargots, it also serves a range of Italian food like pastas, baked rice, pizzas and sides. Most of the items on the menu are below $10, with sides as low as $1.90 and pastas from $4.90. I've been there twice and the first time, I tried the pizza and the chicken chop and sad to say, it wasn't very nice. The pizza dough felt like hard bread, the sauce and toppings tasted too processed and "fake". The chicken chop was overcooked and tough. For the price I am paying, I guess that is the quality I am getting. I wasn't too disappointed but if you are not too picky with food, it will be alright.

The escargots does taste great though!!! It was served to us piping hot, with lots of garlic in it. On my second visit, I just ordered the escargot and some focaccia to wipe the garlic oil with. Simple, nice and cheap. The escargots are sweet, chewy and are definitely comparable to the more expensive ones that you are paying outside. Saizeriya does not charge service tax and GST but their service is still friendly and efficient. I will recommend this place for a cheap Italian food fix (only if you are not picky with food quality) and a cheap escagots fix, which is what I will be coming here for whenever I do visit.
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Not That Good
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
2.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
3.0
I had my maiden experience at Saizeriya at its Cathay outlet. I went in with rather high expectations since they had put up extensive advertisements around the area advertising meals that were of good value, which appealed to a budget-conscious student like me. I was surprised to see that it was rather empty, given that it was the lunch period but still decided to give it a try.

Service was decent, prompt and polite, although I thought they were a little unfriendly at times. However, I didn't like the food because it wasn't that delicious and was rather oily, which left an unpleasant taste in my mouth. Portions were good and left me neither too hungry nor too full, which I appreciated. However, to be honest, I really was expecting more from this outlet because it did give me a good impression when I saw the outlet facade and its advertisements.

Doubt that I will be going a second time and I probably wouldn't recommend it unless you're really starving, hungry and there are really no other options around.

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Branch Location:
The Cathay
Recommend to Friend:
No
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